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MORE MANSION, MILLIONAIRE AND GOOD LIFE PHOTOS TO BE ADDED SHORTLY.

The Good Life




The Marriage of Jessica Stevens Alward to Paul Kelley, taken June 17, 1901
Neenah, Wisconsin

On the porch:

(From left to right) Louis Oborn, Jim Gould, Mrs. Sam Oborn, Nell Davis Harding, John Babcock, Mrs. Studley, Gilbert Stevens, Mrs. Louis Oborn, Barbara Babcock, Blanche Cummings Shiells, Arthur Shattuck, Dorothy Stevens Gould, unidentifed, Mrs. John Stevens, McCarty Pleasants, Elizabeth Stevens, Mary Ilsley, and H. G. Gould.

On the steps:

(From left to right, front to back) B. J. Janney, Annie Ilsley, James K. Ilsely; behind them Mrs. J. K. Ilsely, Fred Stevenson (holding her hand), Paul Kelley, unidentified, Jessica Stevens Alward, Peg Honoré, and Charles Babcock.

On the ground:

Mrs. J. B. Hamilton, J. A. Kimberly, Mrs. Sam Henry, Charles R. Smith, Mrs. Henry S. Smith, Jack and Henry Stevens, unidentified, Mrs. George Davis, Miss Bertha Honoré, Schyler Stevens (kneeling), Mrs. John Stevens Jr., Ellen Gould and Jessica Alward, Mrs. F. C. Shattuck, Milsom Babcock, Alexander Zenier, Rev. E. H. Smith, Ethel Ramsey, John Stevens Jr. (kneeling), William Davis Jr., Mrs. Henry Sherry, and John Stevens (standing in front of the stairs).



NOTE: GETTING CUTLINES FOR THESE PHOTOS IS TAKING LONGER THAN I HAD EXPECTED. I WILL POST A NOTE ON THE HOME PAGE WHEN THESE ARE COMPLETED. PLEASE ACCEPT MY APOLOGIES.




















2 comments:

  1. What a wonderful site! I am John Stevens great granddaughter, and it was great fun to see some family members and many familiar names on these pages. Oddly, I spent the first three years of my life in the mid 1950s on Arden Avenue in Edina, several blocks away from your home on Drexel and still live in MN. It is always sad to visit Neenah and see the gap in history where the Stevens home once stood. How wonderful that your house still stands.

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    1. It's an amazingly small world, isn't it? You lived on Arden, and Nancy Kimberly Des Marais' son lives on Ross Avenue in San Anselmo, right by my old elementary school. I also interviewed your father at the house on Lake Road and enjoyed his company enormously. I often feel the loss of not having had more time with really gracious gentlemen such as he was.

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